*An unusual – and possibly first of its kind – discrimination suit was settled in Vernon, Texas last week.
The giant meat-procession company Tyson Foods settled a bias claim by agreeing with a government finding that it had discriminated against both Blacks and whites at its bacon processing plant in Vernon.
The company admitted to favoring Hispanics when filling positions at the plant.
Over 530 applicants (over 150 Black and nearly 375 white) will now share $560,000 in back pay.
The findings of discrimination over a two-year period were revealed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance programs.
It was not clear why the company favored Hispanics. However, the speculation is that the Hispanics were willing to accept lower wages and were less likely to attempt unionization. (source: Journal & Times)